Archive | 28 March 2012

Oklahoma Ultrasound Law Struck Down

Another judge sticks himself in the place of the legislature:

An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday struck down a state law requiring women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image placed in front of them and to listen to a detailed description of the fetus before the procedure.

District Judge Bryan Dixon ruled the statute passed by the Legislature in 2010 is an unconstitutional special law because it addresses only patients, physicians and sonographers dealing with abortions and does not address them concerning other medical care.

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Self-Driving Car Takes To The Road

Maybe it’s the geek in me, but I just find this really neat:

“This is some of the best driving I’ve ever done,” Steve Mahan said the other day.

Mahan was behind the wheel of a Toyota Prius tooling the small California town of Morgan Hill in late January, a routine trip to pick up the dry cleaning and drop by the Taco Bell drive-in for a snack.

He also happens to be 95 percent blind.

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Dr. King’s Niece: Quit Using Trayvon To Incite

A powerful statement from a lady with a famous last name:

“I would believe that, by stirring up all of the emotions and reactions, I wanted to encourage them to remember the man that they say that they followed, to remember that his message was nonviolence and very loving,” [Dr. Alveda] King told The Daily Caller, referencing her late uncle. She added that she wanted to encourage Jackson and Sharpton “to talk about nonviolence and not to incite people with that race card that they are very good at playing.”

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Justices Appear Split On ObamaCare Severability

Of course, the reliable lefties Ginsburg, Kagan, and Sotomayor want to keep it all, but critical swing vote Kennedy seems — at least right now — to be in favor of tossing it all out, according to this report.

Justices Anthony Kennedy and Samuel Alito said the real act of judicial activism would be to impose a risk on insurance companies that Congress did not intend. The mandate was included primarily to bring healthy people into the insurance market, offsetting the cost of requiring insurers to cover everyone.

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Newt Starting To Fold His Tents

He may say that he’s still going to be a candidate, but actions speak louder than words:

Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff, and has replaced his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, communications director Joe DeSantis told POLITICO.

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Specter Compares Romney To Porn Star

The Republican turned Democrat turned loser turned stand-up comedian made a crude comment on national TV:

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter took a jab at presidential hopeful Mitt Romney Wednesday by teasingly comparing him to an adult film star.

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The Future Under Socialized Medicine: One Group Treated At Expense Of Another

For those who support a completely socialized health care system, take a look at this from the United Kingdom, which has such a system:

Even the most sentimental champions of the NHS recognise its dark side. Given that its Chief Executive Sir David Nicholson has demanded a £20 billion efficiency saving if the NHS is to survive, and that demographic changes mean millions more elderly people will rely on its services (and space),  the NHS can only do one thing: ration.

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